Harold H. Jeffrey, Jr.
Harold Jeffrey, 89, of Pleasant Hill, CA, passed away peacefully on September 23rd after a long and valiant battle with a pulmonary disease. He was surrounded by his five children: Susan, Steven, Michael, Mark and Patrick at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his parents and brother, Robert. He is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren: Christopher, Bradley, Krystina, Danielle, Laura, Nikole, Luke and Zoe, three great-grandchildren: Charlotte, Colette, and Sophie; brother, Richard, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harold was born on July 6, 1932 and grew up in the greater Sacramento metro area as the eldest child to parents, Harold and Irma, and with brothers, Richard and Robert. He attended San Juan Union High School where he was first introduced to one of his many passions — audio and video production. Harold worked in local Fair Oaks’ businesses where he developed a strong work ethic and attention to detail. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UC Berkeley. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. At UC Berkeley, he would meet the love of his life — Joan Carter.
After college, Harold served in the Navy, deployed to the Pacific, and then returned home to marry Joan and spend 51 years together before her passing. He started his career with the California Franchise Tax Board, moving to the federal government in various auditor roles for the Atomic Energy Commission, Energy Research & Development Agency and Department of Energy based in California, Washington and Maryland. He and Joan raised their family for many years in Walnut Creek before retiring in Pleasant Hill. Dad/grandpa was a trusted resource for all of his 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing his advice, counsel and experience and was always able to weave in a story or two…
During retirement, Harold was a very active volunteer in the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation and Rogers Ranch Heritage Center; and was a member of several churches, including Christ Community Church in Walnut Creek. He loved traveling to many places with Joan: within the U.S., Hong Kong, Canada and several European countries. In his retirement, he was able to dedicate time and resources to video and photo production, establishing Silver Oaks Video Productions, where he worked on numerous local community projects.
Harold will be laid to rest at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, CA. A memorial service will be held on November 6th in Walnut Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…’” (John 11:25-26)
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